The University of Wit waters Rand School of Education Masters in Education Research Project: Concept Mapping
Dear Sir or Madam
To whom it may concern
I, Prevein G. Marnewicke, am enrolled at the University of Wit waters Rand, South Africa as a Master in Education(Mathematics) student in the second year part time. As a section of my studies I am doing a research study under the supervision of Dr. Willy Mwakapenda.
I request your permission, the permission of your mathematics head of department and your grade 7 EMS and Mathematics Educators in my research.
My research will be aiming to explore teacher understanding of key mathematical concepts in the EMS curriculum. This study is imperative because it explores the teachers‟ ability to draw links and relationships between mathematical concepts and EMS concepts and why. I shall also need the permission of the head of department for mathematics at your school and the relevant teachers. I shall interview the teachers about the concept maps that they drew. The interviews will take about 30 minutes each and will be tape recorded and video taped for record purposes. This research project will last about two days with three hours needed for every day.
This study is directed to develop mathematics teachers in their task of teaching and to understanding how they understand the given concepts. All the data collected will be kept confidential and used for research purposes only. No names or personal details will be revealed in my research project. The results of the research may be reported in future conferences or journal papers, but the school and the participants will remain strictly anonymous. At the end of the research I will make a summary of the findings, available to the school.
I would be pleased if the school could agree to participate in this research project. If the school agree to participate they will have the right to withdraw at any time. If the cease in participation by the school occurs the data and information of the school will not be used and destroyed by fire. I anticipate that the experience gained from participating in this research project will enjoyable and beneficial to the relevant teachers and the school.
For additional informant, please contact the research supervisor at Wits University.
Phone: (011) 717-3410
Yours in education
_______________ Mr. P. G. Marnewicke: 0834094706
Date: 11 June 2007
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